What is Attribution?
- Attribution refers to the act of citation–i.e., the act of identifying the original source for a summary, paraphrase, or quote.
People attribute sources
- to acknowledge the inventions and ideas of others
- to adhere to copyright law and avoid plagiarism
- to follow professional standards of ethical behavior in the workplace
- to bolster our ethos in texts we are composing
- to allow readers to access their source(s), which they might want to do in order
- to more fully assess the source’s credibility
- to identify the status of the conversation on the topic.
The terms attribution and citation are synonymous.
Why Does Attribution Matter?
To learn more about the importance of attribution, see Citation.
When writers attribute sources, they use citation. A citation refers to information about where a source is from and who authored the source.